Every year our family gathers together on Christmas Eve at Chip sister’s house to celebrate the holiday. It is really the only time during the year that we all get together because the rest of the family lives 2½ hours away from us and everyone is busy with work, raising their kids and their own lives. When the kids were all little, one of the Aunts would buy matching pajamas for all of the kids to put on after they opened their presents and we would take pictures (there are 7 first cousins on Chip’s side of the family), but that got harder as the older ones grew out of child sizes.
This year I wanted to make something that kept that idea but on that the entire family would be part of. I have been carrying around this project in my head for awhile and this year we are going to do it.
We are going to make the Incognito mustache cowls for everyone in the family.
They all will be matching – but with different mustaches.
I have only made one so far – but you get the idea.
First I had to pick a base color that everyone would wear that I had in my stash. I had 20 skeins of the Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran in my stash in a stonewashed denim blue which I thought would be perfect. Everyone wears blue jeans. I also had a large skein of Plymouth Encore Worsted in a dark brown for the mustaches so I was ready to begin.
The pattern is basically a plain cowl and then you add the mustaches using a duplicate stitch. I was not sure if I wanted to do that so the first one I made I knit in the mustache and stranded the yarn around the cowl. The problem with this method is that you see the brown under the blue when it is stretched. On the otherhand, I thought it would add a bit more warmth around the face. It worked out alright. Then next one I will try the duplicate stitch and see if I like it more.
The pattern can be made simply, knitting the cowl and then sewing up the hem edges into the cowl after it is done, which worked out okay. The first hem I did I forgot to sew it loosely so it could stretch when going over the head. I noticed the pull when putting it one but it still went over the head okay. The second hem I sewed looser and it worked out fine. I think I am going to try the “tangy” version on the second one.
The pattern is free and is a Knitty.com pattern. Lots of folks have made this pattern and have posted charts for different mustaches that I want to try. If I get them done I will post a family picture after Christmas to show you how they worked out. For now, I just have to get knitting.
Hope your Monday is a good start to a good week.
Onward and upward.